Everybody thinks they know what drugs are, but a clear definition is surprisingly elusive.
Up to 20% of Australians admitted in hospital say they have a penicillin allergy. But not everyone who thinks they’re allergic to penicillin actually is.
Climate change, inequality, the evolution of knowledge… Experts have been surveyed, and a consensus is emerging on what to expect from the effects of these factors in the medical field.
This week medical leaders met in Canberra to explore why women doctors in Australia are vulnerable to sexual harassment – and to draft a set of safety standards to prevent this in future.
Horseshoe crabs play a unique role in medicine, but they’re also ecologically important in their home waters along the Atlantic coast. Can regulators balance the needs of humans and nature?
A marine sponge from Mauritius has shown potential as the source of compounds that kill liver cancer cells.
More people are seeking out traditional forms of medicine, from acupuncture to herbal medicines. The WHO is working to develop standards to make these healing practices implementable on a wide scale.
The price you pay at the pharmacy for your long-term medicines may effectively halve. But not all medicines or patients qualify.
Several familiar maternity terms have been abandoned after a consultation with pregnant women and healthcare professionals.
Boreal plants produce molecules that are valued by traditional medicines and inspire the development of medicinal products by contemporary chemists.
With more than one species for every person on the planet, soils are the most diverse habitat on Earth.
Ghana’s public health insurance scheme was designed to provide basic care for all. But in reality those who would rather pay upfront than enrol get better treatment.
South Africa’s legal commercial lion industry is helping to act as a cover for the illegal international big cat bone trade.
The sickle cell disease burden in west Africa is among the highest in the world.
Not enough data is being collected about the impact taking prescription medication has on breastfeeding.
Prescription medications can help people with opioid use disorder avoid the risks of relapse and overdose. But stigma based on misperceptions about addiction limits their use.
Neurosurgeon Charlie Teo has been found guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct. Here’s what that means.
Eighteenth-century writers worried about “infectious air,” so they opened windows and built ventilation systems to bring fresh air indoors.
One size doesn’t fit all – customising your medicines with 3D printing could be a game changer, especially for people with complex medical needs.
As the use of Ozempic, a drug for diabetes, slams into the mainstream as a weight-loss method, will the drug’s use impact our concept of fatness? And how does fatness intersect with race and class?